SNF Conference on Reactivating Public Spaces in a Highly Polarized Society (Pics & Vid)

SNF Conference exploring the theme “Creativity, Imagination and the Importance of Reactivating Public and Ethical Spaces, Athens, June 21, 2017. Photo: TNH

ATHENS – The 6th Annual International Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Conference on Philanthropy opened on June 21 at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) in Athens.

This year’s SNF Conference explores the theme “Creativity, Imagination and the Importance of Reactivating Public and Ethical Spaces in a Highly Polarized Society” and runs through June 23. Welcoming remarks were given by Lenia Vlavianou, Elenia Saloutsi, and Alexia Vasilikou – SNF Public Affairs Department, followed by the introductory remarks of Andreas C. Dracopoulos – SNF Co-President. Christina Lambropoulou, Chief Financial Officer, SNF & Member of the EFC Governing Council, and Stelios Vasilakis – SNF Director of Programs & Strategic Initiatives also offered their remarks at the opening of the conference. The keynote speech was delivered by Leslie Koch – Founding CEO of the Trust for Governors Island which received generous support from SNF that has helped make Governors Island a must visit destination for New Yorkers and tourists alike.

Dracopoulos welcomed everyone and spoke about the first SNF conference on philanthropy that took place in 2012 when the crisis was at its height and observed the positive reaction to the event that is now in its sixth year. He noted the decision to hold this year’s conference during the SNF’s summer Nostos festival, saying “there is no better place for the SNF to hold our conference than inside the SNFCC, during the SNF’s summer Nostos festival.”

The conference’s theme is especially relevant today, as Dracopoulos observed, “Polarization in general has penetrated almost every aspect of our lives.”

6ο Διεθνές Συνέδριο του ΙΣΝ για την Κοινωφελή Δράση. Ο χαιρετισμός του κ. Ανδρέα Δρακόπουλου, προέδρου ΔΣ του Ιδρύματος Σταύρος Νιάρχος και της κ. Χριστίνας Λαμπροπούλου, Οικονομικής Διευθύντριας του ΙΣΝ. Περισσότερα στο: bit.ly/2rPyNH6

Εθνικός Κήρυξ / The National Herald 发布于 2017年6月20日

Introductory Remarks: Andreas C. Dracopoulos – Co-President, SNF

He continued, “It is time for each one of us to truly re-engage in civic life, and in a determined and civil way try to take back our lives before it is too late.”

The conference includes panel discussions on topics including From the Agora to Commons to Parisian Cafes to Tahrir Square to Occupy Wall Street: The Evolution of Public Space and its Future, A Conversation: Architecture and The Invention of Public Space, and Imagination, Creativity and the Use of Art in Reactivating and Redefining Public Spaces.

Among the many distinguished guests and speakers at the conference just on the first day, were Evangelia Athanassiou – Associate Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning School of Architecture Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; Konstantine Kastrissianakis – Anthropologist and Urban Planner, Department of Geography, Durham University; and Professor Andre Gerolymatos – Director of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University and a contributor to The National Herald, who spoke about Beyond Wonder: The Infinite and the Lure of Cyber Space.

Beyond Wonder: The Infinite and the Lure of Cyber SpaceΟμιλητής ο καθηγητής Ανδρέας Γερολυμάτος (Andre Gerolymatos) -Director, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies, Simon Fraser University. 6ο Διεθνές Συνέδριο του ΙΣΝ για την Κοινωφελή Δράση. Περισσότερα στο: bit.ly/2rPyNH6.

Εθνικός Κήρυξ / The National Herald 发布于 2017年6月21日

Speaker: Professor Andre Gerolymatos – Director, SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies, Simon Fraser University

The conference is available on live stream on the SNF website www.snf.org.

The Summer Nostos Festival (SNFestival) continues through June 25. The program includes music, dance, sports, open discussions, arts and architecture, and, of course, activities for children and families, complemented by additional events, such as screenings, guided tours, and magical happenings. Over 75 different events are going on during the 8 days of the festival with the participation of 130 international and 160 Greek artists. The Festival encourages collaborations between local and international artists, promoting the exchange of expertise and experience, and setting the groundwork for creative synergies or collaborations.

The cultural offering, curated by the SNF Team in collaboration with Limor Tomer, Concerts & Lectures General Manager at the Metropolitan Museum of New York, as well as a team of consultants-experts in their respective fields, includes classical and contemporary classical music, rock, jazz, hip-hop, and pop music concerts, performances and installations, lectures and movie screenings with live music, DJ sets, dance and many other events. All the above is taking place in multiple areas of the SNFCC, both indoors and outdoors, while two stages will be set up at the Stavros Niarchos Park, and a new stage at the Canal.

6ο Διεθνές Συνέδριο του ΙΣΝ για την Κοινωφελή Δράση. Ο χαιρετισμός του κ. Στέλιου Βασιλάκη, Γενικού Διευθυντή Προγραμμάτων & Στρατηγικής του ΙΣΝ. Περισσότερα στο: bit.ly/2rPyNH6

Εθνικός Κήρυξ / The National Herald 发布于 2017年6月21日

With particular emphasis on the music program, the line-up includes, among others, violinist Leonidas Kavakos in a unique recital, Yo La Tengo- one of the most influential bands from the American indie rock scene, the atmospheric British group The Cinematic Orchestra, the sensual voice of Belgian jazz singer Melanie De Biasio, the pioneering representative of the Greek electronic music scene Lena Platonos, the minimalist group Bang On A Can All-stars, the dynamic performer of the Greek alternative scene Monica in a collaboration with the ERT Symphonic Orchestra, the rapper, slam poet and New York Times and Esquire columnist, Saul Williams, the popular Greek band Melisses, the DJs Alex Cruz and Jonathan Toubin, Dimitris Kalantzis with his quintet and Kamerata. Music journalist Kafka (Katerina Kafentzi), following up on her personal project “Kafka Takes Notes,” will present and coordinate Q&A sessions between the audience and the artists, held before the live acts.

The exhibition “Renzo Piano Building Workshop – Piece by Piece” is also on display. On June 20, the SNFCC’s visionary architect, Renzo Piano, discussed his work, philosophy, and inspiration with the New York Times architectural critic Michael Kimmelman.

Admission to events is free for all. The Summer Nostos Festival is made possible through the exclusive support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

Andreas Drakopoulos at SNF Conference exploring the theme “Creativity, Imagination and the Importance of Reactivating Public and Ethical Spaces, Athens, June 21, 2017. Photo: TNH
SNF Conference exploring the theme “Creativity, Imagination and the Importance of Reactivating Public and Ethical Spaces, Athens, June 21, 2017. Photo: TNH
SNF Conference exploring the theme “Creativity, Imagination and the Importance of Reactivating Public and Ethical Spaces, Athens, June 21, 2017. Photo: TNH
SNF Conference exploring the theme “Creativity, Imagination and the Importance of Reactivating Public and Ethical Spaces, Athens, June 21, 2017. Photo: TNH
Andreas C. Dracopoulos, Co-President and Director of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Photo: TNH
SNF Conference exploring the theme “Creativity, Imagination and the Importance of Reactivating Public and Ethical Spaces, Athens, June 21, 2017. Photo: TNH
SNF Conference exploring the theme “Creativity, Imagination and the Importance of Reactivating Public and Ethical Spaces, Athens, June 21, 2017. Photo: TNH